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New Horizons has been named a finalist in the Preservation Category. POAH tapped a rarely used HUD Green Mark-to-Market program to retrofit New Horizons - home to some of Miami's neediest seniors read more 

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US Capitol




Advocate Early,

Advocate Often

by Michael J. Novogradac

 Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits 


National Low Income Housing Coalition:

Affordable Housing Generates Jobs and Investments 


House Marks Up HUD and Rural Housing FY13 Spending Bills

"Any solution to fix our broken housing system must have consensus from both sides of the aisle. ..[These] success stories prove that bipartisan innovative partnerships between private and public sectors are not only possible but they can transform neighborhoods and revitalize our communities."

-former U.S. Senator from Missouri Kit Bond speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center housing forum


About POAH


Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is a Boston-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and steward affordable rental housing to provide stability, hope and economic security to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.  POAH owns and operates close to 8,000 affordable homes at 54 properties in nine states and the District of Columbia. see our Web site 


for earlier editions of this newsletter visit our Archives. 

                                                         summer, 2012

Amy Anthony



Last month POAH hit an important milestone with the acquisition of our first Boston properties - bringing our portfolio unit count close to 8,000. We are delighted to have this opportunity to preserve close to 550 affordable housing apartments in the city in which we are headquartered plus another 300 in other Massachusetts communities.


In this issue. POAH's Managing Director and COO Patricia Belden and PHM President Lee Felgar report on two very interesting conferences - one on preservation and another comparing U.S. affordable housing systems to those in Canada and Great Britain.

Finally, you'll want to read about the great "Resident Appreciation Week" at the South Winds Apartments in Narragansett, RI where management and maintenance staff treated residents to car washes, raffles, and a pizza party.  It was a great way to show residents how much we appreciate and celebrate them!



Amy Anthony, President

photo: M Plati, POAH

Bipartisanship needed in housing policy

"Too many Americans remain trapped in unaffordable or unsafe


inadequate housing, yet with scarce federal resources and partisan gridlock in Washington, any real solution may seem impossible." That was the opening statement by former U.S. Senator Kit Bond at a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission forum on Innovative Public-Private Partnerships on Housing Challenges attended by POAH Manager of Development Patricia Belden read more  



 Read the BPC press release 

watch videoWatch the video of the Forum and view presentation slides of James Bullard, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis discussing U.S. Monetary Policy and the Housing Bubble


read the BPC Report: Housing Programs in the United States: Responding to Current and Future Challenges

photo: Bipartisan Policy Center

coming upBipartisan Policy Center

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Senator George Mitchell will headline the next housing forum "Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow" at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (Public Forum) July 25.

Affordable Housing in the U.S., UK and Canada - a comparative look 


Lee Felgar

PHM President 

 "Be big or go home." That's the acquisition strategy of David Cowans, Group Chief Executive for Places for People an affordable housing organization in the UK. Cowans and PHM President Lee Felgar were among the guest speakers at the May "Regeneration Forum" in Toronto sponsored by the Housing Services Corporation of Canada. It was a great opportunity to compare the U.S., Canadian and British affordable housing systems, says Felgar. Read more 

photo: M Plati, POAH

Housing to Recovery 

POAH resident services coordinator will present at September mental health conference

 POAH Manager of Resident Services Jo-Ann Barbour will be a panelist at the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference in September which will address housing, recovery and community supports for people living with mental illness. www.fromhousingtorecovery.org

 read more

POAH's portfolio approaches 8,000 unit mark with acquisition of 841 apartments in Massachusetts 


Franklin Square, Boston,

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) has acquired the State Street Development portfolio of six Massachusetts properties and will preserve them as affordable housing, primarily for seniors. The portfolio comprises 841 affordable apartments - 537 of them in highly desirable downtown Boston locations. Two other developments are on Cape Cod and one is in Hudson, MA. read more

photo: MPlati, POAH 

more portfolio news...

 Woodlawn Center South in Chicago was a finalist for an Urban Land Institute 2012 Vision Award.


Read the latest about the Woodlawn revitalization      


Summer Safety Teen FairView photos from Grove Parc Apartments  Summer Teen Safety Fair  near the Woodlawn Center South apartments, Chicago  



Hawthorne Place (Independence, MO) teen Akimmy Wheeler was named Metro Area Youth of the Year for 2012 by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City watch the Fox news story

Hawthorne's GED Program received three awards: "Community Partnership Award", "Highest Number of Students Served by a Small Site" and Highest Number of Student Hours Logged (3,043) for a Small Site.



Management and maintenance staff at 

 South Winds Apartments in Narragansett, RI hold "Resident Appreciation Week" 

 read more 



 8330 On The River in Detroit MI, a 280-unit high rise building on the Detroit river was clad with an insulated metal panel system that will significantly improve the building's thermal performance





Salem Heights SolarSolar hot air system installed at Salem Heights, Salem, MA

In the winter, air between the plastic panels (outermost skin) and the aluminum wall behind it will be heated by the sun and ducted to the makeup air unit that provides fresh air to the corridors. The project was partially funded by the TD Charitable Foundation.  

 8330 photo:

Architect:  Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc.

Photographer: Christopher Lark, Inc.

Salem Heights photo: Julie Klump, POAH

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